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June 16, 2014
07:57 EDTUSB, F, HMC, VLKAY, GM, WFC, FIATY, TMAutomakers increase share in car loan market, Reuters says
Carmakers' financing units made half of all new U.S. car loans in the first quarter, which was their biggest share of the market in four years and up from 37% a year ago, according to Reuters, citing data from Experian. As the automakers take an increasing share, banks such as U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC) have been pushed into riskier parts of the loan market, such as financing for used cars, the report noted. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
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November 18, 2014
06:20 EDTWFCWells Fargo downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
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06:00 EDTHMCHonda quietly offers to replace defective air bags, AP reports
Though its latest recall for defective air bag inflators only covers vehicles in 13 states, Honda is quietly offering to repair the inflators across the U.S. for owners concerned about their safety, the Associated Press reports. Honda is not planning to notify customers outside the recall areas, the AP says. Reference Link
November 17, 2014
14:17 EDTFFord wants to make electric vehicles for the masses, Yahoo reports
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12:59 EDTTMToyota experimenting with driverless car technology, Nikkei reports
Toyota is working on driverless car technology at its U.S. research centers in a move to develop "self-judging" vehicles that can avoid traffic accidents, the Nikkei reports. Reference Link
09:22 EDTFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:07 EDTGMDeadline extended for GM compensation claims, AP reports
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November 16, 2014
19:58 EDTTM, HMCJapan's GDP contracts 1.6% in third quarter, WSJ says
Japan's economy has slumped into a recession in the third quarter as a sales tax increase resulted in firms cutting inventory and capital investment, says the Wall Street Journal. According to the Wall Street Journal report, Japan's real GDP in Q3 retreated 1.6% on an annualized basis against a median forecast for a 2.25% expansion. The setback in the country's growth will likely result in Prime Minster Shinzo Abe postponing a second sales tax increase, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
17:57 EDTFFord expands Ranger recall on additional Takata air bag defect, Bloomberg says
Ford has increased the scope of its Ranger pickup trucks recall after an incident in Malaysia alerted the car company of a defect in the Takata air bags that was not previously known, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
16:55 EDTFFord could rise 30% in a year, Barron's says
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November 14, 2014
17:13 EDTGMAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Lorillard (LO), Alibaba (BABA), and Shire (SHPG). INCREASED STAKES: Whirlpool (WHR), Priceline (PCLN), Delta (DAL), CBS (CBS), and General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: American Airlines (AAL), Disney (DIS), Apple (AAPL), MGM Resorts (MGM), and Eastman Chemical (EMN). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Expedia (EXPE), AIG (AIG), Prudential (PRU), Celanese (CE), and ASML Holding (ASML).
16:39 EDTGMBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
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07:32 EDTGMHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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06:16 EDTFIATYEU says Starbucks tax deal in Netherlands may be illegal state aid, WSJ says
The European Union said the tax deal struck by Starbucks (SBUX) in the Netherlands amounts to illegal state aid, reports the Wall Street Journal. European Commission regulators said it reached a preliminary view that the tax deal violated guidelines produced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. It said the tax deal "tolerates questionable adjustments which allow Starbucks Manufacturing BV to lower the resulting corporate income tax basis in the Netherlands." The EU is also investigating tax arrangements of Apple (AAPL) in Ireland and Amazon (AMZN) and Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY) in Luxembourg. Reference Link
November 13, 2014
17:35 EDTWFCOcwen unit signs mutual termination agreement with Wells Fargo
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17:32 EDTWFCWells Fargo, Ocwen agree to cancel sale of mortgage servicing rights
Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) announced that its subsidiary, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and Ocwen Loan Servicing have mutually decided to cancel a previously announced sale to Ocwen of certain Wells Fargo residential mortgage servicing rights. Cancelation of the transaction is not expected to be material to Wells Fargo’s consolidated financial results.
12:53 EDTWFCWells Fargo sees Q4 mortgage originations to decline from Q3
Expects Q4 mortgage originations to decline from Q3, reflecting normal seasonality in purchase market, while gain on sale margin is expected to remain within range of last four quarters. Expects to operate within targeted efficiency ratio range of 55%-59% in Q4. Wells Fargo said that while there is potential for continued net interest margin pressure, focus remains on growing net interest income over time. The comapny said it expects future reserve releases absent signification deterioration in the economy, but expect a lower level of future releases as the rate of improvement in credit loans and loan portfolio grows. Expects share count to continue to decline in Q4 as result of anticipated net share repurchases. Says mortgage business profitable and very pleased with that segment. Comments taken from slides for presentation at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Banking and Financial Services Conference.
11:15 EDTFFord wary of expanding South African investment, Reuters says
Due to repeated disruptions to its operations from strikes, Ford is reticent to expand its investment in Its South African operation, says Reuters. Jeff Nemeth, president of Ford's South African business, said, "A challenge for us here in South Africa is convincing our board to continue to invest in a country where the stability of output is a little less certain than in other countries," added Reuters. Reference Link
08:33 EDTWFCWells Fargo sells federal student loans to Navient
Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) Education Financial Services announced that Navient (NAVI) will purchase a principal balance of $8.5B of Federal Family Education Loan Program loans, which are included in Wells Fargo’s held-for-sale loan portfolio. Due to a change in federal law, Wells Fargo has not issued federal student loans since June 30, 2010. This sale supports Wells Fargo’s ongoing strategic focus on its private student lending business. “By selling these FFELP loans to Navient, Wells Fargo will be in a position to focus more on meeting the needs of our private student loan customers,” said John Rasmussen, head of Wells Fargo’s Education Financial Services. “We are deeply committed to the private student loan business because next to purchasing a home or saving for retirement, paying for an education is one of the most important financial events for our customers.” ). The sale is expected to close in a series of transactions, substantially all of which are expected to be completed in fourth quarter 2014, subject to customary closing conditions. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed and the sale is not material to Wells Fargo.
06:46 EDTHMCHonda recalls another 170K vehicles over air bag issue, Reuters says
Honda recalled another 170,000 vehicles globally because of defective air bags supplied by Takata, according to Reuters. Meanwhile, the Malaysian driver of a Honda City vehicle was killed by shrapnel from a Takata air bag, becoming the fifth such fatality globally and the first outside the U.S. ,the news service stated. Reference Link
06:24 EDTGMHeidrick & Struggles picked by GM to find new general counsel, WSJ reports
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